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10 Traditional Malay-Style Airbnbs For A Picturesque Kampung Getaway

Kampung ambience in comfort.

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1. Kuang Kampung Retreat @ Sungai Buloh, Selangor

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Nestled in a jungle just 30 minutes away from KL is an Airbnb that is the perfect retreat for group and family vacations. 

It has a barbecue pit and a pool in the centre of the house making you feel like you're in Bali. One reviewer says that place is pretty remote so be prepared to bring your own food.

You can book here.

2. The Happy 8 Retreat X Kampung House @ Ipoh, Perak

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Raved about for its beautiful design and architectural details, this kampung house in Ipoh will give you a traditional experience that even the locals appreciate!

According to its Airbnb profile, the whole house was built out of wood from fallen trees 30 years ago.

Located 1.5km away from the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, the Happy 8 Retreat comes with a large garden, a pond, and a gazebo.

You can book here.

3. 100-Year-Old Wooden Villa @ Janda Baik, Pahang

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Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature in this traditional Malay-style house on stilts. It's refurbished with tall glass windows that give you a 360° view of Janda Baik's forest reserve.

And it's also located near a stream and a small pond. Several reviews mention that the toilet is located outside so it might be slightly difficult for children or the elderly who need to use it in the middle of the night.

But overall, it's a great place to relax and recharge away from the city!

You can book here.

4. Traditional Malay Family House by The Daun Resort @ Langkawi, Kedah

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Instead of staying at typical hotels in Langkawi, several highly recommend The Daun Resort chalets built with a kampung concept.

The chalets are located just behind Cenang Beach - about a 10-minute walk - and there are plenty of food options walking distance from the area.

You can book here.

5. Laman Tamara @ Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan

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Built in the 1960s, this Malay village home allows you to taste a little bit of the kampung life without having to give up modern day comforts.

It comes with a pond, private pool, a large kitchen, and barbecue area. There are also several bicycles for you to ride and explore the village area.

Guests have to drive out to look for shops so it's best for you to bring your own food.

You can book here.

6. Classic Malay House @ Kuala Lumpur, Selangor

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Take a nostalgic ride back in time by staying at this charming Malay-style traditional home located right in the heart of KL.

For a small added fee, you can also request for a simple breakfast. It really is quite a cosy hidden treasure!

You can book here

7. Nurin Cottage @ Janda Baik, Pahang

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With a small stream located just outside the Airbnb and surrounding greenery, this quaint cottage embraces the true meaning of kampung life.

The Airbnb also provides a barbecue pit under a gazebo where you can enjoy fresh air while cooking for family and friends. Perfect for nature lovers!

You can book here.

8. Sawah Padi Villa @ Langkawi, Kedah

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Surrounded by paddy fields and water buffalos, this cosy Malay-style villa combines modern-day comfort with traditional experience.

Although Cenang Beach and other island attractions are just a five-minute drive away, the villa still feels secluded enough for you to enjoy a peaceful holiday.

You can book here.

9. Afsana villa and homestay @ Janda Baik, Pahang

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If you grew up in a kampung, this traditional villa will make you feel like you've stepped back into your childhood days. It's spacious, which is ideal for a family gathering or group trip. And it has an additional room joined to the villa for bigger groups.

There are also a couple of nearby streams for you to swim in or chill at. 

You can book here.

10. Villa Tinggi @ Langkawi, Kedah

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Rebuilt from a 100-year-old Malay wooden house is this traditional yet modern villa ideal for a relaxing getaway. Villa Tinggi is one of four guesthouses available at Villa Kelapa.
 
In addition to a barbecue area, they also have a 12-metre saltwater pool for guests to swim in. The main beaches, supermarkets, airport, and the ferry terminal are all between a 10- and 20-minute drive away.

You can book here.

BONUS: Plateau Farm Sustainable Treehouse Camp @ Janda Baik, Pahang

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We couldn't resist but add this cosy Airbnb to the list! Located in Janda Baik is a unique treehouse constructed from recyclable materials.

The Airbnb is all about sustainability with its cold showers and basic amenities – so don't expect too much, treat it as if you're glamping.

If you're looking to immerse yourself in nature and wake up to a beautiful view, this is the getaway spot for you.

You can book here.

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